Chatham House research on southeast Asia includes work on Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia. Areas of interest include reform in Myanmar and illegal logging in the region.
From the end of the Cold War until very recently, the US influence in Southeast Asia was huge. Now, with the rise of China, the region is entering a new era as it tackles issues of good governance, political reform and human rights.
Another key area of focus is the refugee crisis following intensified ‘clearance operations’ by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya community with Amnesty International now estimating that over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.